211 phone service to launch in Merced

Residents in Merced and Mariposa counties will have access to a database of human service resources by simply dialing 211. The program is scheduled to launch in October. Assistance through 211 will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in 150 languages.


Action stars flock to 'Fast & Furious 7'

The Fast and Furious franchise has drifted away from illegal street racing and is flooring the blockbuster pedal. "Furious 7" contains more explosions and combat scenes than perhaps all the previous films combined, and yet despite its trite plot, the gaudy action scenes still manage to make this movie one helluva ride.


4 things to do after you're accepted

It's that time of year again. Acceptance letters have arrived and many high school seniors are posting their future plans all over Facebook. But what happens next? Between confusing financial aid paperwork, your family's nonstop questions and figuring out where you really want to go, it can be an overwhelming time. We turned to college experts for pointers and next steps.

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